It is the highest number of death sentences in Egypt in a single case. Among those convicted are leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood
The judges had pronounced their sentences on July 28. They were then confirmed by the great mufti of Egypt, which provided his advisory opinion. Of the 75 people sentenced by the Cairo court, 44 were present today and 31 were convicted in absentia. The condemned can still appeal against their sentences.
Important leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohammed Al-Beltagui, Issam Al-Aryane and Safwat Hijazi, are among those condemned to death. In the same process, more than 700 people are being tried.
After the overthrow on July 3, 2013, of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President in Egypt, the country experienced months of violence, with security forces ruthlessly suppressing the concentrations of his supporters.